Several Louisiana brewers are working on new releases. Here's a roundup of local craft beer news.
NOLA Brewing (www.nolabrewing.com) will release the first of its series of sour beers in large format bottles within the month. Lowerline, an American wild ale fermented with lactobacillus, will be the first to hit the market, followed by Sauvage, which is NOLA's Rebirth Pale Ale fermented with brettanomyces, and then Piety, a wild ale fermented with lactobacillus and brettanomyces and barrel aged on tart cherries.
Second Line Brewing (www.secondlinebrewing.com), under construction in Mid-City, has taken delivery of its brewhouse and tanks, and they will be set up after the recently poured concrete floor hardens.
The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) will expand capacity with the addition of three new stainless steel tanks, which should be delivered by mid-May.
Tin Roof Brewing Co. (www.tinroofbeer.com) in Baton Rouge has released two new beers. Smiling Ivan is a Russian imperial stout available in wax-sealed 22-ounce bottles. Also recently released in six packs of cans is the brewery's new spring seasonal, Yonder Hefe, a hefeweizen wheat style.
Bayou Teche (www.bayoutechebrewing.com) has issued limited quantities of its new barrel-aged beer, Syrup in the Sky — a smoked-wheat and -rye beer brewed with pistachios and cane syrup and aged in Evan Williams barrels. Its collaboration beer with Dat Dog (www.datdognola.com), Dat Beer, is now available at all Dat Dog locations, including the one recently opened at Lakeside Shopping Center.
Great Raft Brewing (www.greatraftbrewing.com) released its first in a series of collaboration beers with the John Besh Foundation. Provisions and Traditions, a Kolsch made with Louisiana rice, was created in partnership with Borgne chef Brian Landry.
The New Orleans chapter of Girls Pint Out (GPO) has been selected by the national GPO organization and New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com) to collaborate with New Belgium on the release of its forthcoming pear-ginger beer. The event will take place Thursday, May 14, during American Craft Beer Week.